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Plastics Student Honored With National Scholarship

Seth E. Cook

A Pennsylvania College of Technology plastics major is the sole nationwide recipient of a scholarship from the Blow Molding Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers.

Seth E. Cook, of Mountville, a senior enrolled in the college’s plastics and polymer engineering technology bachelor-degree major, received the 2016 Carrie Fox Solin Memorial Scholarship. The $3,000 award is presented annually to a plastics student who has compiled a strong record of academic and extracurricular achievement and has demonstrated commitment to the plastics field.

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Last updated August 29, 2016 | Posted in Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Plastics & Polymer, Students | Leave a comment

Global Technology Leader Entrusts Welding Equipment to College

Penn College’s welding program receives equipment entrustment from Fronius USA LLC. From left are Michael J. Nau, welding instructor; Tom Farley, Fronius sales application technician; and Ty E. Rhinehart, welding instructor.

The excellence of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s welding program has been recognized by one of the world’s technology leaders in arc welding. Fronius USA LLC is generously entrusting equipment to support the education of welding students.

Approximately 350 Penn College students will use the Fronius welding equipment during the 2016-17 academic year. The equipment includes six TPS/i units, two TPS CMT units, 10 MagicWave 3000 units, and one Robotic DC TIG/Plasma unit.

“We feel honored and fortunate to receive such a generous equipment loan from Fronius,” said David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies. “Our welding students are going to enjoy tremendous benefits from working on the equipment.”

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Out-of-the-Classroom Curb Appeal

Stabley, at far right, and his band of new environmental artists encircle one of the creations.

A stone spiral crafted by Stabley and Dexter G. Smith, heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology, is an eye-catching element.

When Clint J. Walker and Joshua K. Kryder found this nest that had fallen near their project site on the second day of work, they incorporated it into their design. Walker is an information technology sciences: gaming and simulation student; Kryder majors in plastics and polymer engineering technology.

“A waterfall effect” is the artistic attempt by James A. Jeffries (left) information technology sciences: gaming and simulation, and Daniel W. Deshong, a 2015 diesel technology grad now enrolled in the applied management major.

Luke D. McFalls, welding and fabrication engineering technology, and Patrick M. Murray, aviation maintenance technology, aimed for balance in these two small arches.

As an icebreaker exercise to launch the fall semester, David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics/wood sculpture, led students in his ART 142 wood sculpture class through an exploration of the environmental art created by famed British sculptor Andy Goldsworthy. The students then moved out of their Bush Campus Center lab and into nearby landscaping areas, and, in pairs, created their own environmental art pieces using stones and other found objects. “I wanted them to start thinking outside the box,” Stabley said. “The weather was nice, and so many people who were walking by commented on the project and asked questions like ‘What class is this?’ – it all became part of the process.” While ultimately temporary artwork, the small project continues the tradition of artistic exploration and artwork around campus.
Third and fifth photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer

Gallery Celebrates 10 Years of Contemporary Art

"Take Ten"

Celebrating a decade of exhibiting contemporary art, The Gallery at Penn College is staging a special anniversary exhibition titled “Take Ten,” showcasing the works of 25 past exhibiting artists.

“Take Ten” runs Aug. 25 through Oct. 9, with an opening reception set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 30. A number of the exhibiting artists will be on hand for the special event.

Works featured in “Take Ten” include a range of media: ceramics, digital media, fiber art, installation, mixed media, mosaic, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

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Limited Number of Discounted Student Tickets Available for ‘Cirque’ Show

Cirque Éloize Saloon

The Community Arts Center’s 2016-17 new season kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, with Cirque Éloize Saloon, inspired by the rich legacy of the Wild Wild West. The infectious energy of folk music and strains of the fiddle set the tone for an acrobatic comedy that sweeps spectators away in a mad flurry. The Bush Campus Center has a limited number of $15 orchestra tickets available for purchase by Penn College students, from now until the night of the show. Orders must be paid with cash, check or credit card. Students may get four per ID. By purchasing at the Campus Center, the 4-percent service fee that the Community Arts Center box office charges will be waived. There are no refunds or exchanges on tickets, and all tickets must be for students. Adult tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 570-326-2424. Swing open the saloon doors and enter a mythical world where theater and circus collide for 85 minutes of nonstop (no intermission) live music and the exhilarating pace of spectacular performances. Never before has a piano tuner kicked up so much dust! Under the spell of the saloon’s beautiful Belle, he sets off in a chase worthy of the greatest Westerns. Cirque Éloize’s Saloon is authentic, festive, and, above all, a fun night out on the town for everyone with live music. Sponsored by Penn College. Complete show details and a video clip can be found at the CAC website. The Arts Center, a wholly owned subsidiary of the college, is located at 220 W. Fourth St. in downtown Williamsport (just a few blocks from campus).

Law Enforcement, EMS Trained on Campus in Overdose Prevention

Yaw, who also chairs the Penn College Board of Directors, welcomes attendees to an Overdose Prevention Seminar in the Student and Administrative Service Center.

Dr. Levine discusses the importance of naxolone – which reverses the fatal effects of an opioid drug overdose – in battling "the worst public health crisis in Pennsylvania." Among others on the panel are Lancaster Police Chief Dave Steffen (left) and Tennis.

Local law enforcement, emergency medical personnel, fire departments and school district officials were among those attending the session, which followed a similar event in Bradford County.

To help save lives and combat the growing heroin and opioid epidemic facing Pennsylvania, state Sen. Gene Yaw held two Overdose Prevention Seminars in his 23rd Senatorial District on Monday – including one on Penn College’s main campus.  Among the speakers were Gary Tennis, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol, and Dr. Rachel Levine, state physician general, who offered free training to police officers and firefighters in the administration of naxalone (a life-saving antidote) at the scene of an overdose. Presentations also featured warning signs of addiction, available treatment options, and personal and professional stories of recovery.

Cheyenne Summer

“Here I am, somewhere on the reservation,” Katalynn M. Thomas says of this photo, taken during the first week of her internship with the Bureau of Indian Affairs-Rocky Mountain Region. The forest technology student helped to assess woodlands within a 445,000-acre reservation in Lame Deer, Montana. “The distance you can see from one area to the next is absolutely incredible!”

“This is just a portion of the herd,” Thomas says of the buffalo she encountered in the Crazy Head Springs area. “This herd was just massive. Not as big as (herds) have been, but for me seeing live, wild buffalo for the first time, it was a lot.”

“There were horses everywhere out there, and they could do pretty much whatever they wanted,” Thomas says. On this day, she was elated to get close enough to join them in a photo.

From the Fall 2016 Penn College Magazine: Bears, buffalo and Big Sky Country are the backdrop for a forest technology student’s unforgettable summer internship. Read “Cheyenne Summer.”

Faculty Member, Culinary Senior Appear on Live TV

"PA live!"

Chef Mary G. Trometter, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, showed viewers how to make compressed melon salad on Monday’s edition of “PA live!” on WBRE. She was joined in the demonstration by Christopher S. Kasler, a senior in the college’s culinary arts and systems major.

Gallery Receives Private Grant for 10th Anniversary Catalog

The “Take Ten” catalog documents the 10th anniversary exhibition at The Gallery at Penn College.

In support of a catalog documenting its 10th anniversary celebration, The Gallery at Penn College has received a $5,250 grant from a private foundation based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation awarded funding to support the gallery’s “Take Ten” catalog, created as part of the special anniversary exhibition running through Oct. 9.

The foundation is dedicated to fostering awareness and appreciation of contemporary visual art, primarily through the support of catalogs and other publications produced by organizations outside the nation’s cultural centers that document exhibitions of work by emerging or under-recognized artists.

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Dog Day (Late) Afternoon

Curiosity isn't just for cats, ya know!

Faculty and staff dog owners helped welcome first-year students during this past week’s “RUFF: Are You Feeling Friendly?” event in Rose Street Commons, an annual event organized by Counseling Services.

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Penn College Fall Sports Begin

Last fall was a time of transition as several Pennsylvania College of Technology teams were under new head coaches. As this season begins, there is just one new coach in the fold and all are ready to roll.

In openers on Thursday, the women’s tennis team travels to Elmira College for a 4 p.m. start, the men’s and women’s cross-country teams compete at the Misericordia Invitational at 6 p.m. and the women’s soccer team hosts King’s College at 7 p.m. On Friday, the men’s soccer team travels to Westminster College for a 5 p.m. match and the women’s volleyball team hosts Alfred State College, also at 5.

In coming weeks, the men’s tennis team takes to the courts Sept. 5 at Lycoming College and the men’s golf team hits the links Sept. 14 at the Keuka College Invitational.

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Penn College Welcomes New Employees

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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A Midtown Monument to College’s Community Involvement

A grand opening ... and a grand celebration!

The Penn College family’s contributions to the new Trade & Transit Centre II (and its artistic sense of place) were unveiled at the facility’s ribbon-cutting in downtown Williamsport on Friday morning. Brett T. Mulroy, of Kresgeville, enrolled in residential construction technology and management: architectural technology concentration, was recognized for design elements that served as a template for the entry portal at the site. Among other honorees were Brian A. Flynn, assistant professor of graphic design, and David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics/wood sculpture, who restored the statue of Chief Woapalane that once stood at the entrance to Brandon Park. And a certificate of appreciation was presented to Christopher E. Keiser, a 1995 landscape/nursery technology alumnus and member of the Penn College Foundation Board of Directors, employed by Larson Design Group.

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‘Lawn Party’ Breaks Ice, Builds Connections

A colorful lineup of international flags sets the stage for the multicultural celebration.

Greeting guests at the gate and handing out tickets for a prize giveaway is Abdulaziz S. Alomani, a senior in plastics and polymer engineering technology from Saudi Arabia.

With Glendalis Guadarrama on the microphone, guests listen to the gathering’s addresses. A board member with Minorities Lending Knowledge and junior in nursing, Guadarrama hails from Avondale and is proud of her Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage.

Marceline Y. Salomon-Debrosse (left) and Katie L. Mackey call out winning numbers for prize giveaways.

Police Officer Justin M. Hakes (center), enjoys asking students questions from a card set of "conversation starters" (placed at each table). Joining in the fun is fellow Officer Charles E. O’Brien.

Representatives of four campus organizations – Minorities Lending Knowledge, the Saudi Student Organization, College Women of Williamsport and Penn College Alliance – enlightened incoming and returning students during Thursday’s Multicultural Lawn Party outside The Victorian House. Organized by Marceline Y. Salomon-Debrosse, a residence life coordinator, and Katie L. Mackey, director of campus and community engagement, the event attracted a mix of faculty, staff and students bound by a desire to make a difference at Penn College. “Conversation starters” were placed at each of the organizations’ tables to assist in involving one another in discussion throughout the evening. Raffle tickets for a variety of prizes were distributed to students; if they connected with members of the student groups, they received more tickets and more chances to win!

Le Jeune Chef Restaurant Receives Wine Spectator Award

Wine Spectator magazine recently released its 2016 Restaurant Guide, again naming Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Le Jeune Chef Restaurant among the “Award of Excellence” recipients.

The world’s best wine lists are featured in the annual guide, which presents the winners in the magazine’s Restaurant Awards program. Hailing from all 50 states and more than 70 countries and territories, the establishments that made the list put wine front and center, alongside creative menus and attentive, knowledgeable service, according to the magazine.

Wine Spectator grants its Restaurant Awards at three levels. The Award of Excellence, received by Le Jeune Chef, is given to lists that feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style.

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